The swimwear and lingerie designer, Angeliki Maleviti. Courtsy of Angeliki Maleviti
Angeliki Maleviti is a young girl that discovered very early on in her life that her great passion is designing clothes. So right after her studies she created her own brand, MàL-Le by A. Maleviti (https://www.mal-le.com/) which created a new dimension in the swimwear and lingerie market. Angeliki creates swimwear and lingerie using quality materials that enhance every woman’s body.
The National Herald: You started your business at a very young age. How did the creation of MàL-Le by A. Maleviti come about and what does it have to offer to the buying public?
The truth is that I am very lucky, I started the brand as soon as I finished my studies on fashion design. It was something I truly always wanted to do and since I was a kid I remember myself designing clothes. What I can offer the buying public through MàL-Le is that I would never put out a product on the market that I wouldn’t buy or wear myself. I am also very particular about patterns, stitching, materials, fit and quality. I want every product to be as good as possible and to stand the test of time. That’s why I work for months on each collection, to test my fabrics and materials.
The National Herald: What is the inspiration for your designs and which audience are your creations targeted at?
Angeliki Maleviti: I guess the inspiration for my creations is the female body and the ways to show it off to make it look more elegant and feminine. Because everybody is unique just like every woman. My creations are for all women without exception, that’s why all the designs come out from XS to XXL size with the same beautiful end result.
The National Herald: How do we choose the right swimsuit to enhance the woman body? What kind of swimsuit is best for each body type?
AM: I believe that every woman can wear whatever she likes regardless of her body type. The biggest ‘secret’ is confidence, because even if something doesn’t fit perfectly, you can still make it fit with your vibe and personality. This is my motto for clothes and not just swimwear and lingerie. I always say on my Instagram, love your body! It is the most beautiful thing we have and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it, even if we have, for example, a bigger waist, belly or cellulite. That’s what makes us beautiful! But it goes without saying that there are some little secrets depending on our body type that help us highlight our best features.
So, if a woman’s body type is “rectangle”, she can choose a swimsuit to create curves, for example, high-waist bottoms to accentuate the waistline or designs with more ties and lacing. Also, all one-piece suits this body type very well.
The “apple” body type should emphasize on the bust. Here I would like to add, since I also belong to this body type, that there is no need to hide in one-piece swimsuits. A bikini can look great on us too and make our body look incredibly feminine and healthy, so we shouldn’t be ashamed of it. An underwired top for proper support and a nice high-waist bottom with fabric on the sides to elongate our legs is much more eye-catching than a big black one-piece.
I think the “hourglass” body type can pull off all designs and patterns in bikinis and one-pieces alike.
And now for the “pear” body type, which is also the most typical body type among Greek women, I think it can be shown off beautifully with all types of one-pieces and bikinis. But ideally choose bikinis, if you want to accentuate the upper body. I would suggest something in strapless or one shoulder, if you’re fuller in the chest area.
We can always turn our negatives into positives very easily or make them disappear by emphasizing a strong point, by making the eye fall there.
TNH: Is there a specific type of swimsuit that suits most women?
AM: I think that the Fay bikini from last year’s collection, which is also in this year’s collection, fits all women’s body types. That’s why I designed it. I try to make all my swimwear fit all sizes and all bodies equally well. I never aim a design at just one body type.
TNH: What are the current fashion trends in terms of swimsuit design and color?
AM: Well, the truth is I don’t follow the trends. I never really did. It’s just that in the winter an idea, or a color “sticks” to me and I decide to design with that in mind. When I start a collection I settle on all the colors and materials and then I pick up the pencil. I have a blank base, a woman’s body and I just start drawing lines. I think I do it subconsciously, so that I’m not affected when I design a collection and create something completely my own.
TNH: In addition to swimwear, you also design underwear. Can underwear be stylish, comfortable and healthy for the body at the same time and how?
AM: Of course it can be stylish, comfortable and healthy. If you find the right materials, you can design whatever you want and the end result can be beautiful.
Underwear was as an idea for almost 3 years in my mind until I found the materials I actually wanted. The rubber and cloth were the ones that gave me a hard time, because I wanted them to be as healthy as possible for the female body. The underwear is 92% cotton and 8% elastane.
I experimented quite a bit until I ended up with this hypoallergenic cloth. I wanted my underwear to have as much cotton as possible, without sagging and with enough elasticity to hug the body. To be soft to the touch and fun to wear. Underwear is like a gift to ourselves. And that’s why, since I couldn’t find what I was looking for, I had to create it myself and share it with the world.
All the bras are made of double fabric in the front part, and they have a very good support, so they are also good for mild exercise. Also mamas-to-be choose them for their pregnancy and the breastfeeding period, for the comfort they offer, the fit and of course the great quality of the fabric.
TNH: What is your favorite swimsuit from your own creations and which colors do you prefer?
AM: It’s definitely Fay, because I really haven’t seen a woman, from petite to plus size, that doesn’t look amazing in this design.
I love all colors, from the earthiest to the boldest, I don’t have any specific ones. I think colors are directly linked to our psychology. I may be drawn to bright colors today and pastels tomorrow.
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